U17 Girls Storm
|The U17 Fraser Valley Cup final was a game of joy, the lower ranked ASA div 2 team was facing off against Langley United Div1 Yarwood. Langley United had home field advantage, and they chose an early morning grass field, knowing it was a game to play to realize the team goals, the ASA U17 Girls showed up in force. It was an early goal from center mid fielder Puneet Gill that set the tempo. The end of the first half saw Abbotsford up 3-0 with 2 supporting goals from Katherine Howman. The second half saw a rally from Langley as they came out the blocks hard and aggressive. It was a tense 10 minutes as Langley pushed to the net getting their first goal of the game. It was the 13th minute of the second half that saw the momentum swing back, with a breakaway goal from Darpan Khehra and it was all over as the U17 girls went up 4-1.
The momentum never stopped, with game MVP Katherine Howman popping in two more for good measure and the U17 girls finished with a comfortable 6-1 Victory. The medals at the end of the game were handed out by Langley United Assistant Technical Director Azad Palani. He outlined the next steps that the team could take should they wish to continue their path to success; a run at Coastal Cup, and if that’s a success then a run for provincials.
Knowing that this a determined team, we hope that the girls will come together and meet the challenge head on. We know they have the skill and talent. The U17 Girls are on a momentum swing of greatness. It’s a great group of girls with tremendous, heart, determination, and skill. The part that impresses Coaches Sunny Gill and Kevin Harman the most is the determination and ambition of this group of girls. It is truly amazing. With the team setting the sights early in the season; the team goal was to make a run for provincials: this weekend’s win put us well on that track. With a limited roster of 14 total players, the girls have had to learn to play longer, tougher shifts. Thankfully, they have come together very well and know how to work as a unit. We appreciate being in a team atmosphere and do have to give credit to fellow ASA teams like the U16 Girls Curtis Friesen for some additional player depth – thank you.
With the season well underway, we are excited and progressing very well, the team record is solid, chalking up 7 wins, 3 ties, and 0 loses and a Fraser Valley Cup Championship – these girls are on their way to greatness.
PS – We would like to thank ASA for their support and appreciate having the best parent group and fans there is!!!
U13 Girls Storm
ASA U13 girls are in the groove and it all started with their first cup game. The beginning of the season was rough for the ASA Div 2 girls Storm team as they had not won a single game chalking up 5 losses and 1 tie. We played hard teams and were hovering at the bottom of the standings table.
Winning the first cup game against AUSC put the team into a great upwards trajectory; from there they were able to steal a win against the second place South Delta United delivering SDU their first loss. Since then, the team has not lost with 3 more league wins and 1 tie.
This weekend the team was able to continue their success with Saturday’s cup final delivering a solid 3-0 win over Langley United. There was tremendous effort and skill all around as the team has started passing, moving, and looking like future stars.
The weekend was capped off by a decisive Sunday win against Coastal Football Club. Our first game of the season was against CFC – a team of very tall, very strong players. The first outing saw us drop a 3 – 0 game to CFC. With much development, excitement, and a willingness not to quit, we turned the tables upside down and came out this weekend with a solid 3-0 win. The exciting part is our smaller players were outworking players two or three times their size!!! Hard work pays off!
As coaches (Shan Randhawa, Stu Dunn, Kevin Harman) we are very proud of the effort, growth, and determination of our players: we have one of the smallest teams in physical size but they make up for it with tremendous heart, effort, energy, excitement, and determination to compete. Sunday’s game was so exciting as it’s a true testament to how much they have progressed.
PS – As coaches, we are so glad to have such a great amount of support from ASA and an absolutely terrific parent group.